Lit Fest Visiting Authors at a Glance (Poetry)

Jane Hirshfield's nine poetry books include The Beauty ("musicality at its finest"), long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award; Given Sugar, Given Salt ("a connoisseur of wonder"), a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award; and After, which was short-listed for England’s T.S. Eliot Award. Her two collections of essays have become classics in their field, as have her four books collecting and co-translating the work of world poets from the past. Hirshfield’s ninth poetry collection will be Ledger ("masterful"). Hirshfield’s other honors include The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, Poetryand ten editions of The Best American Poetry. 

She recently talked poetry and awareness while hiking, and her newest book could be just what we need in these times.

Her weeklong workshop will help participants cultivate fresh discovery. Learn more here.

Morgan Parker is a poet, essayist, and novelist. She is the author of the poetry collections Magical Negro ("dynamic"), There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé ("unlike anything I've read in a long time"), and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night ("filled with electricity"), and the young adult novel Who Put This Song On? (Delacorte Press 2019). A debut book of nonfiction is forthcoming from One World. Parker is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and has been hailed by The New York Times as “a dynamic craftsperson” of “considerable consequence to American poetry.

She recently appeared on NPR's "All Things Considered" and wrote about Kanye West and the Hurricane Katrina Telethon.

Her weekend intensive will delve into declarations. Learn more here.

Ariana Reines was named one of Flavorwire’s 100 Most Important Living Writers and “a crucial voice of her generation” by Michael Silverblatt. She is a poet, Obie-winning playwright, & performing artist. Her books include A Sand Book ("She moves between worlds in search of the divine and the self"), the play Telephone ("inspired and utterly original"), The Origin Of The World (Semiotext(e) for the Whitney Biennial 2014), Mercury ("a super-charged, magical she-wolf"), Coeur de Lion ("a tour de force"), and The Cow.

She recently won the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and recently discussed poetry and prophecy

Her weeklong workshop will explore love poetry from a number of angles. Learn more here.